The world’s largest messaging platform in an official statement said:
“We want to be clear that the policy update does not affect the privacy of your messages with friends or family in any way. Instead, this update includes changes related to messaging a business on WhatsApp, which is optional, and provides further transparency about how we collect and use data,” the statement added.
Furthermore, WhatsApp in the Security and Privacy section of its website stated: “We don’t share this data with Facebook for ads. Again, these private chats are end-to-end encrypted so we can’t see their content.”
For “additional privacy”, WhatsApp suggested its users change message settings to “disappear from chats after you send them”. Complete steps on how to accomplish this have been shared on its website.
Privacy concerns and fear of security breach have prompted people to opt for other messaging applications worldwide.